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Thermal Exhumation Model part of Cutting Edge:Complex Systems:Teaching Activities
Steve Hurst, University of Illinois at Chicago
Build a one-dimensional thermal model in STELLA of rock uplift. Determine how the speed of uplift affects the geotherm and why uplift rates determined from heat flow are often too high. The model demonstrates the ...

What does the core/mantle boundary look like? part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Suzanne Baldwin, Syracuse University
This activity explores how earth scientists infer what materials are present at the core mantle boundary and what this boundary might look like. It provides students with the opportunity to contribute to the ...

HMK 1_Plate Boundaries: Present, future, & past part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Brian Hampton, Michigan State University;
This project builds on in-class exercises and lectures by having students learn to identify modern, future, and past plate boundaries. Students will use trends in topography, distribution of earth quake and ...

Visualizing Earthquakes at Convergent Plate Margins part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
Cara Harwood, University of California-Davis
In this activity students visualize the distribution and magnitude of earthquakes at convergent plate boundaries. Earthquakes are visualized on a 3D globe, making it easy to see their distribution within ...

Recognizing and mapping faults using lidar and field data part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Structure, Geophysics, and Tectonics 2012:Activities
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
In this activity, students create a geologic map and cross-section of the Fish Springs cinder cone and surrounding area in the Owens Valley, CA, using a high-resolution DEM developed from airborne lidar data as a ...

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Earthquakes part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Achim Herrmann, George Washington University
This activity uses geoinformatics to understand the world around us with an emphasis on earthquakes.

Identifying Plate Tectonic Boundaries for a Virtual Ocean Basin part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Steve Reynolds, Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix
Students observe an ocean basin and two continental margins to identify possible plate boundaries and predict where earthquakes and volcanoes would occur. They also draw the boundaries in cross section.

Introduction to Earthquake Seismology Methods part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Bruce Rueger, Colby College
This lab introduces students of aspects of earthquake seismology methods. These include analysis of p-wave amplitude, location of an earthquake epicenter and determining the time of occurrence of an earthquake. ...

Tsunami assignment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Klaus Neumann, Ball State University
Students read reports about potential sources for tsunamis on the US east coast and compare them with previously discussed dangers for the west cost.

Borehole Logging from Sample Collection to Borehole Geophysics part of Cutting Edge:Hydrogeology:Activities
Richard Laton, California State University-Fullerton
Drilling the borehole is only the beginning. Data collection, handling and interpretation are the most important aspects to the field hydrogeologist. This session will use an exercise that combines both physical ...

Reading Time Series Plots part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
This activity provides a brief introduction to GPS and provides a student activity to practice creating and reading time series plots with simplified GPS data and with authentic GPS data from Iceland.

Using Data to Teach Earth ProcessesAn Illustrated Community Discussion at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America part of Cutting Edge:Data, Simulations and Models:Workshop 03:Activities
Robert Bauer, University of Missouri-Columbia
Bob Bauer, University of Missouri - Students and faculty participate in an integrated effort to characterize hydrologic relationships using hydrologic, geologic & geophysical data -

Tomography? How do we know what is below our feet? part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Barbara Graham, College of Southern Nevada
A short Powerpoint presentation that introduces seismic topography to begin understanding how scientists infer the interior of the earth. Followed with a crossword puzzle to encourage vocabulary.

Bragg's Law part of Cutting Edge:Deep Earth:Activities
Glenn Richard, SUNY at Stony Brook
Diamond Anvil Cell

Measuring earthquake and volcano activity from space part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Shimon Wdowinski, University of Miami
This tutorial is based on real InSAR observations acquired over the Andes from 1992 to 2005. It will get the student acquainted with InSAR observations and basic concepts of space geodesy.

Acoustic Waves and Seismac part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Remke Van Dam, Michigan State University
The students will expand on their knowledge of acoustic signals (from class lectures and book readings) by watching videos and doing an in-class exercise with the seismac program.

Introduction to Moment Magnitude part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Previous Workshops:Workshop 2011:Teaching Activities
John Jasbinsek, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
This activity reviews body-wave magnitude, and takes a closer look at its merits. Then moment magnitude is defined and contrasted with body-wave magnitude. The 2004 Parkfield earthquake is used to illustrate moment ...

Glacial Isostatic Adjustment part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Aida Awad, Maine East High School / Oakton College
The activity begins with a hands-on lab students design to consider the relationship between increasing masses loaded on a viscous medium. Students then investigate the Antarctic ice sheet and Pleistocene glacial ...

Where is my house and how does it move? part of Cutting Edge:Geodesy:Activities
Guoquan Wang, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
This is a homework for UPRM GEOL4060–Applications of GPS in Geosciences. It is an elective course for geology majors. Students will measure the position of their house at the beginning of the semester and do ...

Field Geophysics Sampling and Aliasing Theory and Examples part of Cutting Edge:Geoscience in the Field:Activities
Larry Braile, Purdue University-Main Campus
Collecting geosciences data in the field involves sampling in time and space. Sampling includes theoretical limitation and the possibility of aliasing which has severe effects on sampled data. The concepts are ...